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  1. Dec 2017
    1. But in this point of View the Anglo-Saxon is of peculiar value

      It's clear through this statement and several previous statements that the University places priority on 'Western' languages, like Italian, German, Greek, and Latin. Although this emphasis may partially be attributed to the historical context at the time when the University was created, I also feel that race and ethnicity played a large role in this process. Using languages spoken by the elite society, especially those spoken by Caucasians, would have prevented the marginalized, lower-class minorities from attending, or even applying, to this university. Therefore, this language policy indirectly 'white-washed' the University, significantly contributing to a sense of institutional racism. It seems the University has currently made an active effort to change this by offering more 'Eastern' languages like Hindi, Urdu, Tibetan, Arabic, and many more. However, with the new low-enrollment class policy that threatens several minority classes, especial low-enrollment language classes, I wonder if the University is returning to its initial elitist past.

    2. Chemistry, is meant, with its other usual branches, to comprehend the theory of Agriculture

      I find it very interesting that the only purpose of studying chemistry was to understand agriculture. This truly shows how important agriculture and farming was to Jefferson. It also implies the liberal arts focus of the University. Even at the times of foundation, humanities, such as languages and art, were the foundation of the University's curriculum, while sciences, such as the chemistry mentioned here, were deemed less important. It's interesting to see how this prioritization has changed since the University's initial foundation. For example, there no longer a simple College of Arts; rather, it is currently the College of Arts and Sciences. Also, the University's current most popular awarded degrees include Biology, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemistry (State Council of Higher Education for Virginia). Such an emphasis on science makes me wonder if/how the University is continuing its commitment to a liberal arts education. I also wonder why the University has made such a shift from a strictly liberal arts focus, to the added appeal of science. Is it because there's an increasing demand or has the University found science to become more important in recent times. If so, why?

  2. Sep 2017
    1. To understand his duties to his neighbours, & country, and to discharge with competence the functions confided to him by either

      This is the first time that a collectivist/communal goal is recognized. The rest of these goals and the following principles are the paragon of American individualism, always focusing on individuals rights and the cultivation of individual people. There's a clear lack of a global perspective or any sense of humanity on the world scale. It's clear the priority of this education is on cultivating one's self and then his/her nation, rather than the world as a whole.